Beachside carparks have been closed in Tweed Shire until April 27. The decision was made at an extraordinary ‘virtual’ meeting of Tweed Shire Council last night.
‘We voted unanimously to close beachside carparks. However, the beaches remain open,’ Deputy Mayor, Chris Cherry told Echonetdaily.
‘Following the closure of the Gold Coast beaches there were so many Queensland number plates at places like Cabarita, Fingal and other good surfing spots people were becoming very concerned. We are trying to bring the message home that we really don’t want tourists at this time that we had to take drastic action. We are trying to make sure that people are taking the message seriously and staying home.’
The carparks will remain closed throughout the school holidays, however, Tweed Council will be reviewing the situation regularly.
‘We will review the decision after the Easter weekend to ensure that it is operating effectively and that it hasn’t had any unintended consequences,’ said Ms Cherry.